First Course: Synopsis / Songs

First Course is a tour through the decades from 1890 to 1980 with each song linked by a short sketch; it is not a parody rather more individual and biased perspectives of each decade. The decades are broken down into:

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Sort Of" deals with the coyness of young love.
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Mists of Love" is deliberate parody - a young man sings of his love for his "dark, gypsy maiden".
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Heroes" - the youthful enthusiasm of a soldier, a sailor and an airman, the glory of the fight, and the "glamour" of joining the Forces take on an acid taste as the reality of war and death loom closer.
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Tea-Tango" – two liberated females declare their new emancipated philosophy.
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Drinking at Charlie's" - a barman's-eye view of the pre-war years.
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Air-Raids" - a song from the friendly local air-raid warden.
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Fifties Rock" - a summing-up of the early years of rock 'n' roll.
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Times were swinging" - mini-skirts, love and peace, Liverpool, flowers in the hair - the swinging sixties.
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A Song for Europe" - an original Eurovision song which takes a sideways look at that part of the music business.
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Hey 1980" - where will the eighties take us?

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